Emergency Response Assistance Plans

You can now use Transport Canada’s ERAP online services (EOS) to create, view or edit an ERAP application.

What is an ERAP?

An emergency response assistance plan (ERAP) describes what to do in the event of a release or anticipated release of certain higher-risk dangerous goods while they are in transport.

Each plan is specific to certain:

  • dangerous goods
  • modes of transport (air, rail, road or marine)
  • means of containments (containers or packaging) used to hold the dangerous goods
  • geographical area in which the dangerous goods will be transported
  • a person with an approved ERAP uses the plan to assist emergency responders. ERAPs detail the specialized personnel and equipment required for responding to incidents.

Who has an ERAP?

Persons who have ERAPs are involved in the transportation of certain dangerous goods above the quantity specified in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulations. They are often producers, manufacturers or distributors of dangerous goods. In special cases, persons who aren’t required to have an ERAP may still have an approved plan.

When are ERAPs implemented?

ERAPs are implemented to respond to a release or anticipated release of the dangerous goods that are part of that plan.

Often, the person who has the ERAP is contacted through the ERAP telephone number. Once they are reached, this person determines the actions they will take to respond to the release or anticipated release.

If you call the ERAP telephone number, you will be connected with someone who can implement the plan. They will:

  • provide technical and/or emergency response advice promptly
  • monitor the response
  • send ERAP emergency response resources.

To find out if you have products that require an ERAP, visit: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/find-out-if-you-need-an-erap.html

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